Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year. ~ Victor Borge

Every Christmas, we buy all the decorations we can. We visit stores, hunt for cheap deals, gather decorations left from last year, make some ourselves, and then...the confusion arises. So many decorations, and one Christmas tree. How do we go about it? Which ones to use, and where? Should we resort to decorating according to a theme? Is there a particular decoration we have missed? The questions don't end...nor does the confusion. This year, let's say goodbye to this confusion, and to the uniformity of every-year decorations.

While reading this article, you will understand some great decoration techniques, as well as how to not just decorate your tree, but your entire home. The first step you need to take is to choose a theme. The theme you choose, will guide you. Once you choose this, you will know exactly how to decorate every corner of your home. If you still haven't purchased the tree and the ornaments, I'll advise you to do so after reading this article. Your shopping will be influenced greatly by the theme you pick.

The Best Christmas Decoration Ideas

Choosing a Christmas Tree
Decorated Christmas TreeWhen it comes to these decorations, decorating the Christmas tree is most important, isn't it? And how can we do it differently this year?! Well, let's think about it. Before you start, you should know the different types of Christmas trees. Knowing all the types, will help you choose one that suits your home the best. While you are at it, also decide whether you want to keep the tree inside the house, or outside. If you have an area that can accommodate a large tree, you have the freedom to pick a big one. Always measure the area in which the tree will be kept before actually going and purchasing it. The White Pine, Fraser Fir, White Spruce, Balsam Fir and Scotch Pine are some famous types of Christmas trees. The other different types of Christmas trees are - Colorado Blue Spruce, Leyland Cypress, Virginia Pine, Douglas Fir, Eastern Red Cedar, and Noble Fir. It is very important that you choose the right tree. There are some on which you can't hang many ornaments, while on some you will need a truckload of ornaments to just adequately decorate it. Plan well!Christmas Tree

Indoor Decorations
Fireplace DecorationNow that we're done thinking about the Christmas tree, let us proceed to the interiors, and how we're going to decorate them this Christmas. When you were thinking about this year's decorations for Christmas, what were you expecting? Something unique? Something inexpensive? So be it then! You'll find lots of cheap Christmas ornaments in flea markets, and some more at special Christmas sales. If you have decided a theme, pick the decor items accordingly. If you have a fireplace, it is very important that you decorate it with as much attention as the tree. Christmas fireplace decorations are a vital part of all your ornamentations. Stockings, lights and candles are a must-have near the fireplace. You can also use string lights to beautify all the window sills, and the door. Use various Christmas crafts to make the interiors look exquisite and fascinating. Decide where you want to keep the gifts; below the Christmas tree, below the tree and near the fireplace, or below the tree, near the fireplace and all around the house. Christmas cookies and cakes should also be a part of the decorations, with a lot of chocolates.Indoor Christmas Decoration

Outdoor Decorations
Outdoor Christmas DecorationWe see extravagant Christmas decorations on television shows, in movies and in magazines. When we see them, we make a mental note to ourselves - next Christmas, this is how I'm going to decorate my home. However, over a period of time, these images in our mind are replaced with more vital data. This Christmas, try to remember any such image you can recollect, and there you go! If not that, how about some unique outdoor Christmas lights? If you don't have the time to find these unique lights, use simple ones to decorate, but in a unique way. Apart from the lights, you will also find many outdoor Christmas wreaths for cheap in the market. If you have a big home, decorate its circumference with lanterns and string lights. However, before selecting these decorations for the exterior of your home, keep a few important tips in mind. For example, make sure the ornaments, decorations and/or lights don't get spoiled due to the snow or rain. Also, make sure you don't put up anything expensive, just in case there are chances it might be stolen. If you don't know how to put up Christmas lights, find out well in time. Check out few Christmas door decorating ideas and decorate your door accordingly. A door is the entrance to your home, make it look as great as you can.Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decoration Themes

When we talk about the various themes, we need to understand a few points before proceeding. Knowing the various Christmas traditions, and the way in which Christmas around the world is celebrated is very important. Once you know all the traditions, you can pick any one as your theme this year. Apart from that, we also get to know which Christmas elements cannot be changed, and the ones we are free to experiment with. Though we have a lot of contemporary decorations available today, it is very important to retain traditional ones too, isn't it? Keeping this in mind, let us now proceed to a few themes.

Color Themes
Brown Christmas ThemeEver seen a black Christmas tree or a pink Christmas tree? These trees are a popular choice among people who want to experiment with decorations, rather than sticking to traditional colors. To make your job easier, what you can do is, opt for a particular color scheme, and then work on the Christmas tree, and all the other decorations accordingly. You can also have themes such as vampires, where everything will be black and red, or the famous Santa Claus theme, where everything will be white. You are free to choose any color of your choice, from the brightest to the faintest. What you need to keep in mind is, once you choose the color, all the decorations need to revolve around it.White Christmas Theme
An Environment-friendly Christmas
Simple Christmas TreeThis year, why not make the decorations a bit special, and do something different with them? Let's use only degradable ornaments made out of paper, and not those made from plastic. If you don't mind, you can also have a Christmas tree made completely out of paper. Use small toys and decorations you already own, than buying new ones. Also, it is very easy to make Christmas wreaths out of paper, and Christmas stockings out of cloth. So, there you go! Say no to plastic and anything else that you think will harm the environment. This year, have an environment-friendly Christmas. Another change can be the lights. Use candles instead of lights and save electricity. If this theme doesn't seem your cup of tea, read on to know one more.Green Christmas Tree
The Traditional Themes
Christmas MangerTraditional themes are the best, and my personal favorite too. These themes actually give the entire home a true Christmas feel. For these themes, you ought to know all the traditional Christmas decorations such as mistletoe, holly, candy canes, stockings, and Christmas bells. Instead of lights, use Christmas candles to light up the entire house. Decorate the interior of your home in such a way that it resembles a Christmas village. In a particular corner, depict the nativity scene in a way you find suitable. Put up a picture of the Magi and other people associated with the history of Christmas. There you go, a complete traditional theme for Christmas is ready. If you have children at home, opting for this theme would also help in teaching the children more basics of this festival.Christmas Angel

Christmas Decoration Ornaments

Christmas OrnamentsNow how did we leave these out? Christmas ornaments are certainly an important part of all the Christmas decorations, aren't they? How can we make the Christmas ornaments a tad different this year? Though people say that glass and beaded Christmas ornaments have taken a backseat, I disagree! You can use any Christmas ornaments of your choice, as long as they look good. If you have time, you can make some unique ornaments at home. They are easy to make, and look really beautiful on the tree. Your family, friends and all the other guests will surely love them. If you don't know how to make these ornaments, look up the Internet for some easy ways to learn how to make Christmas ornaments at home. Also, you can come up with your own ideas too.Christmas Tree Ornaments

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With these Christmas decorating ideas, our decoration ideas for this year finally come to an end. These were decorations and decorating ideas/tips you can use this Christmas, and make your home look as beautiful as it deserves to be. Remember that the best Christmas decorations are; ones that don't cost you a lot of money or time, ones that can be used with more than one theme, and ones that don't wither quickly. Now that you know everything about the decorations and some great ideas, go ahead and start decorating. Merry Christmas!